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Malacañang: ’Perpetual’ martial law will never happen

Dec 28, 2017 - 3:48 PM

'Martial law in perpetuity is a scenario that neither the President, Congress or the Supreme Court will allow as it is patently unconstitutional,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. holds his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. He told the members of the media that he is vowed to fulfill President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order to do what is best for the country and to tell the truth. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Failed PR stunt': House opposition criticizes Duterte admin's ASEAN hosting

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:37 PM

The opposition bloc criticizes the administration for a costly 'photo op' and hits the regional bloc for its silence on human rights issues, including those in the Philippines itself

HOSTING DUTIES DONE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi exchange pleasantries following the closing ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. Photo by Rey Baniquet/Presidential Photo

Opposition urges House to support Ombudsman amid Duterte probe

Oct 03, 2017 - 10:30 PM

Lawmakers from the House's independent minority bloc slam President Rodrigo Duterte for 'aiming to discredit' the Office of the Ombudsman

PUSH FOR OMBUDSMAN. Opposition congressmen lead by L-R, Teddy Baguilat, Egay Erice, Raul Daza and Edcel Lagman hold a press conference at the House of Representative in Quezon City. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Battle of opposition blocs? Lagman, Suarez deliver counter-SONAs

Jul 25, 2017 - 8:49 PM

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez s counter State of the Nation Address is less scathing compared to that of Albay Representative Edcel Lagman

COUNTER-SONAs. Representative Edcel Lagman and Minority Leader Danilo Suarez delivered their own counter-SONAs on July 25.

Opposition lawmakers hit Duterte's 'whimsical' martial law request

Jul 18, 2017 - 4:50 PM

But Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Congress will probably grant the President s request to extend martial law citing a survey that says majority of Filipinos support the original proclamation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte lauds the men and women of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) who have continued to serve the country in his speech during the PAF's 70th Anniversary celebration at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on July 4, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Lawmakers slam Alvarez's proposal to extend martial law to 2022

Jul 10, 2017 - 4:18 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says any extension shall be upon the initiative of the President

ANTI-MARTIAL LAW. Representatives Antonio Tinio, Edcel Lagman, and Carlos Zarate all filed petitions against the Mindanao martial law, but they were thumbed down by the SC. File photos by Rappler

Opposition lawmakers to contest SC martial law ruling

Jul 06, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says they will expose serious errors in the majority decision of the Supreme Court when they file a motion for reconsideration

ANTI-MARTIAL LAW. Representatives Gary Alejano, Teddy Baguilat Jr, Edcel Lagman, Tom Villarin, and Emmanuel Billones will file a motion for reconsideration against the SC's martial law ruling. File photo by Rappler

Post-Marawi siege, ‘overwhelmed’ SC justices favored martial law – Lagman

Jul 05, 2017 - 4:29 PM

Though disagreeing with a majority of the justices anti martial law petitioner and opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman says he will respect the ruling of the Supreme Court

RESPECT THE RULING. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, who is against martial law in Mindanao, says he will respect the decision of the SC. File photo by Rappler

After SC ruling, lawmakers fear PH-wide expansion of martial rule

Jul 04, 2017 - 3:10 PM

Martial law becomes a hard habit to break says Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin who warned of President Rodrigo Duterte s creeping authoritarian rule in the guise of safety and security

EXTENSION? President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he reiterates that his only mandate as the country's head of state is to protect and preserve the Filipinos in his speech during the province's 50th founding anniversary at the Davao del Sur Sports and Business Complex in Digos City on July 1. Photo by Rene Lumawag/Presidential Photo

Duterte ‘held nation together’ but missed campaign vows – Lagman

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:21 PM

Another opposition lawmaker Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr says the President is too preoccupied with the drug war that he forgets his other promises

FATHER OF THE NATION. President Rodrigo Dutere attends as guest of honor during the 140th founding anniversary celebration of the Philippine Chinese Charitable Association, Inc. Photo courtesy of Malacañang

A year later, the House remains Duterte’s loyal defender

Jun 16, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The House has consistently shown it will protect the President from his critics with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez leading the charge

DUTERTE-CONTROLLED HOUSE. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez leads the House of Representatives, where the President counts at least 267 lawmakers as his allies

Being 'dilawan' in the Duterte-controlled House

Jun 14, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Nearly a year into the Duterte presidency the Liberal Party that once controlled the House of Representatives is decimated – and divided

Opposition lawmakers want SC to nullify martial law

Jun 05, 2017 - 10:46 AM

6 members of the House opposition bloc believe the President s Proclamation Number 216 declaring martial law in Mindanao is bereft of sufficient factual basis

NO TO MARTIAL LAW. Six out of the 7 members of the House opposition are against the declaration of martial law in Mindanao and wants the SC to nullify it.  NO TO MARTIAL LAW. Six out of the 7 members of the House opposition are against the declaration of martial law in Mindanao and wants the SC to nullify it.

House opposition eyes questioning Mindanao martial law before SC

May 30, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Representative Edcel Lagman says they plan to question the factual basis for the President s declaration as well as Congress leaders refusal to convene in a joint session

THE OPPOSITION. Representatives Teddy Baguilat Jr, Edcel Lagman, Tom Villarin, and Gary Alejano hold a press conference on May 30. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Opposition lawmakers hit 'creeping authoritarianism' under Duterte

May 29, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Representatives Gary Alejano Teddy Baguilat Jr and Tom Villarin say President Rodrigo Duterte cannot ignore Congress and the Supreme Court over the martial law declaration in Mindanao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures as he reiterates that he remains true to his oath of office to protect and preserve the Filipinos in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-appointed government officials and the new officers of the Philippine Councilors’ League (PCL) officers at the Heroes Hall in Malacañan Palace on March 30, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./Presidential Photo

House opposition backs De Lima's request to join Senate debates

May 22, 2017 - 4:20 PM

The 7 members of the House opposition bloc go to Camp Crame to visit detained Senator Leila de Lima who is in high spirits

MAGNIFICENT 7. Representatives Emmanuel Billiones, Tom Villarin, Raul Daza, Edcel Lagman, Teddy Baguilat Jr, and Gary Alejano pose for photographers outside the PNP Custodial Center after their visit to detained Senator Leila de Lima on May 22. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Suarez-led House minority won’t back Duterte impeachment

Apr 26, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says his bloc has yet to decide on the looming impeachment complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo but once it does it will vote as one

'CONSTRUCTIVE' MINORITY? Members of the minority bloc, led by Minority Leader Danilo Suarez (middle), hold a press conference on October 5, 2016. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Sueno dismissal sends 'very strong signal' vs corruption – lawmakers

Apr 04, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Opposition legislators believe that the dismissal of Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno shows the crack and disunity in the Duterte administration

NO TO CORRUPTION. President Rodrigo Duterte President gives a message during his formal investiture as Chief Scout of the Boy Scout of the Philippines at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on April 3. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

ICC case vs Duterte is PH's 'last recourse' – opposition lawmakers

Mar 14, 2017 - 5:50 PM

The congressmen argue that the ICC may step in if the Philippines is shown to be unwilling or unable to investigate prosecute and try in good faith

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House on fire

Mar 13, 2017 - 3:33 PM

The House leadership disregarded rules and procedures to approve the death penalty bill With the bill on criminal responsibility on the next agenda an uprising is inevitable

Approving death penalty is 'blood in our hands' – lawmakers

Mar 07, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher Belmonte explains his no vote saying Imposing the death penalty is allowing state sponsored killings

'BLOOD ON OUR HANDS.' Nuns watch as congressmen appprove on 3rd and final reading the measure reimposing the death penalty for drug convicts. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

3rd reading for death penalty bill on March 7 unconstitutional – House opposition

Mar 07, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Veteran lawmakers Edcel Lagman and Raul Daza say the schedule for HB 4727 s 3rd and final reading violates the 1987 Constitution and the Rules of the House of Representatives

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Representative Gary Alejano, Raul Daza, Edcel Lagman, Edgar Erice, Emmanuel Billones hold a press conference on March 7. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House to vote on death penalty bill on 3rd and final reading

Mar 07, 2017 - 11:06 AM

UPDATED Lawmakers will cast their vote one by one through nominal voting wherein anyone who wishes to explain his or her vote will be allowed to speak for a few minutes

THE FINAL STAGE. Will the House plenary give its nod to the death penalty measure, a pet bill of the President? File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Fariñas on death penalty vote: Opposition 'bullied' the majority

Mar 02, 2017 - 7:55 PM

For Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas the real bullies at the House are those who are doing everything to frustrate the will of the majority

WHO'S THE BULLY? Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas refuses to believe that the majority bloc is "bullying" the opposers of the death penalty bill. For him, it's the other way around. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

After death penalty vote, House a 'chamber of puppets and bullies'

Mar 02, 2017 - 7:27 AM

UPDATED Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman a longtime politician decries the inordinate muzzling of the opposers of the death penalty measure

'HOUSE OF HORRORS?' Congressmen look behind Deputy Majority Floor Leader Juan Pablo Bondoc after opposition lawmakers behind opposed the approval on 2nd reading of HB 4727. Photo by Rappler

Suarez not threatened by LP possibly joining opposition bloc

Mar 01, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Congressmen under the bloc of Minority Leader Danilo Suarez assert that Liberal Party representatives cannot just declare they are the House minority if they break away from PDP Laban

NOT THREATENED. Minority Leader Danilo Suarez (middle) and his deputies, Buhay Representative Lito Atienza (left) and Kabayan Representative Harry Roque (right), hold a press conference on March 1. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House opposition: Pointless to push for death penalty if Senate rejects it

Feb 14, 2017 - 3:10 PM

Representative Raul Daza says the House debate on capital punishment will be moot and academic if the Senate kills the death penalty bill

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Representatives Raul Daza, Edcel Lagman, and Tom Villarin are all opposing the death penalty measure. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

The clock is ticking on anti-death penalty lawmakers

Feb 11, 2017 - 3:33 PM

House rules state every lawmaker has the right to speak for an hour in a plenary debate but after a recent majority ruling anti death penalty congressmen now have fewer minutes on the floor

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Among the opposers of the death penalty bill is Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman. File photo of Lagman by Darren Langit/Rappler

Alvarez warned: You'll lose allies over arm-twisting on death penalty

Feb 08, 2017 - 3:25 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is trampling on the principles of House leaders by insisting on a pro death penalty vote

WARNING TO THE SPEAKER. Opposition lawmakers disagree with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's threat against House leaders who will be opposing the death penalty bill. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappelr

Congressmen begin debate on return of death penalty

Feb 01, 2017 - 4:21 PM

UPDATED Starting January 31 at least 50 lawmakers are expected to go head to head with administration allies to oppose the revival of the capital punishment for heinous crimes

PRO OR ANTI? The House of Representatives begins its plenary debates on the death penalty bill on January 31.

How lawmakers will argue vs death penalty bill

Jan 31, 2017 - 3:47 PM

Opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman says the Philippines must first address much delayed reforms in the police and justice systems before reviving the death penalty

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Opposition lawmakers Emmanuel Billones, Raul Daza, Edcel Lagman, and Teddy Baguilat Jr are all opposing the revival of the capital punishment. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House opposition: We can produce 50 interpellators vs death penalty

Jan 17, 2017 - 1:55 PM

UPDATED They said among the lawmakers opposing the death penalty are Karlo and Jericho Nograles who are both allies of President Rodrigo Duterte